Bordering on Miraculous

Lynley Edmeades and Saskia Leek

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A vivid, compelling collaboration between a poet and a painter

In this luscious collaboration poet Lynley Edmeades and painter Saskia Leek explore ideas of the quotidian and its everyday miracles. Their close, intense domestic observations merge with the philosophical, in a quest for deeper meaning. Leek’s high-colour palette and symbolic investigation of the domestic provide Edmeades with a starting point, to which she writes back with a chromatic and vivid pen.

In repetitive and evolving processes, artist and poet speak to each other through a prismatic renewal of familiar objects and images — fruit bowls, ceramic cups, sleeping babies, the view from a window — holding them up to the light and presenting them anew.

This fourth book in the kōrero series of ‘picture books for grownups’, edited by Lloyd Jones, is as surprising, engaging, and delightful and its predecessors High Wire, Shining Land and The Lobster’s Tale.

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‘The kōrero series is one of the most exciting projects in New Zealand publishing at the moment’ — North & South

‘Utterly glorious’ — Paula Green, NZ Poetry Shelf

‘This conversation . . . reaches down to the bases of their arts’ — Thomas Koed, VOLUME

‘A truly startling and beautiful picture book’ — Lloyd Jones, Stuff

‘A remarkable process of expansion and adaptation’ — Linda Herrick, Kete

  • CATEGORY: Art, design and architecture, Poetry
  • ISBN: 9781991151131
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 12/05/2022
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Saskia Leek has an MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.

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Lynley Edmeades is the author of two poetry collections and is the editor of Landfall.